If we were ranking quarterbacks based on upside, Joe Burrow would be a top-12 option easily, but his inexperience and recovery from a torn ACL means he's more of a borderline No. 1 in a one-quarterback league who shouldn't be drafted until Round 8 at the earliest. Burrow was on pace for 4,400 passing yards in his nine complete games, but like many rookies, his touchdown rate (3.2%) was a detriment to his Fantasy value. While he's not a "running" quarterback, Burrow did run in the red zone last year and should give you another two to four scores on the ground. The addition of Ja'Marr Chase gives Burrow one of the most talented receiving corps in football. That, coupled with a high volume passing attack, gives him top-five upside if everything goes right.
Burrow (knee) said Tuesday that he's aiming to be 100 percent healthy by the time training camp arrives in late July, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports. Burrow estimated that his surgically repaired left knee was at about 85 percent during this week's minicamp, and he said he experienced no setbacks during any of the Bengals' nine OTA sessions during the offseason. He still has some work to do to get prepared for training camp, but even if he has some limitations in the Bengals' initial practices, he looks well on track to be available for the Week 1 matchup with the Vikings on Sept. 12.
Burrow (knee) is considered "all systems go" for the Bengals' season opener against the Vikings, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. "He's on track for full go for the start of the season," Dr. Neal ElAttrache said. The second-year quarterback continues to make encouraging progress in his recovery from reconstructive knee surgery in December and it appears a Week 1 return is not just possible, but expected. Per Schefter, the doctors will restrict Burrow from taking contact until nine months out from the surgery, which could mean no preseason reps. Still, things continue to trend in the right direction for Burrow and he is on track to be ready for the start of the season even if he is limited through training camp.
The Bengals added another elite pass-catching option for Burrow (knee) in the first-round Thursday, drafting college teammate Ja'Marr Chase from LSU. Given Justin Jefferson's production in his rookie year in 2020, it's easy to forget that it was Chase that actually led the way during Burrow's Heisman Trophy season in 2019. Burrow now has three excellent wideouts in Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins and Chase; hopefully, his offensive linemen will buy him more time this season to find them.
Burrow (knee) said Tuesday in an interview with Chris Collinsworth on the "Pro Football Focus Podcast" that he's "very optimistic" about his rehab progress and expects to play Week 1, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports. Working his way back from Dec. 2 surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL, Burrow has now resumed throwing from a dropback position, in addition to running and weightlifting. He isn't doing rollouts or any change-of-direction work, but that's to be expected at this middle stage of the rehab process. The 24-year-old says he's ahead of schedule and even believes he'll be able to practice at some point this summer.
Burrow (knee) is back in Cincinnati after spending the first phase of his rehab process in Los Angeles, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports. Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed surgery Dec. 2 in the L.A. area, 10 days after Burrow suffered ACL and MCL tears in his left knee. No setbacks have been reported so far, but the young QB still has a long process ahead, hoping to make it back for the start of the 2021 season. Burrow recently told Colin Cowherd that he's excited to continue working with Bengals head coach Zac Taylor, who was rumored to be on the hot seat but ultimately kept his job. Cincinnati has every opportunity to improve this offseason, holding the fifth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and ranking sixth in the league in projected cap space ($42.1 million, per overthecap.com). Burrow said he thinks he'll be ready for Week 1.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/10||Green Bay Packers||7||18.00|
|8||10/31||@New York Jets||29||24.75|
|11||11/21||@Las Vegas Raiders||24||22.38|
|13||12/05||Los Angeles Chargers||25||22.63|
|14||12/12||San Francisco 49ers||9||18.25|
|17||01/02||Kansas City Chiefs||18||21.26|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||65.3||2688||13||5||142||3||199|